The main terminal at Kent’s Lydd Airport now has a new departure lounge capable of handling 100 passengers an hour, in the latest stage of the gateway’s multi million pound redevelopment plan.
In addition to the new departure lounge, the terminal makeover also includes improved passenger check-in and security facilities as well as larger arrivals and baggage reclaim areas.
The €270,000 refurbishment also saw improved CCTV and electronic access control systems installed at the airport to enhance the safety and security of both passengers and aircraft.
Meanwhile, a further phase of the terminal revamp, which will be completed before the end of the year, will include installing new arrivals carousels and check-in desk baggage conveyors.
So far more than €34 million has been spent on improving infrastructure and facilities at the airport.
Bernard Daly, airport manager at Lydd Airport, said: “Despite the current economic climate, the airport is steadily increasing business.
“So far this year, movements of larger aircraft, above 5.7 tonnes, have more than doubled compared with 2010 and we are continuing to go from strength to strength.
“These improvements reinforce the airport’s continuing commitment to growth, supporting increasing levels of business aviation, aircraft training, general aviation and cargo operations while at the same time helping us to attract new passenger aircraft operations.”
The gateway has also lodged planning applications for a 294m runway extension plus a 150m starter extension and a new terminal capable of handling up to 500,000 passengers a year.